Concern for paramedics

Dr Charles Dean of the Glendale Surgery attended on day’s council meeting, updating members on the recent changes in the health service.

“You might have heard,” he said, “that GPs have been put in charge of the money, but that’s not what has happened.”

He stressed that local surgeries still received their funding under the NHS North of Tyne consortium.

Dr Dean also urged councillors to look into the practise of their local paramedic service, and the current situation which sees them “pulled away” from the area to cover crews as far afield as Berwick. This was, he said, due to their working methods, whereby they do not take time off for lunch.

Council asked that Steve Jones, team leader, be asked about the situation through the council clerk.

Dr Dean and PC Andy Clark confirmed that a defibrillator has been provided to police, with their final training taking place this week.